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IRI Moldova Poll Finds a Majority Approve of President Sandu, Widespread Economic Concerns, Plurality Support for PAS

December 17, 2021

Chisinau, Moldova – A nationwide poll by the International Republican Institute’s (IRI) Center for Insights in Survey Research finds most Moldovans approve of President Sandu’s performance while economic concerns dominate the political climate. Of the political parties in Moldova, the Party of Action and Solidarity (PAS) garners the most support.

When asked if they approve or disapprove of the activities of President Sandu, 51% of Moldovans said they “strongly” or “somewhat” approve. Regarding the top issues facing the country, people are mostly concerned about the economy. Sixty-one percent of Moldovans believe the economy has worsened “somewhat” or “a lot” over the last twelve months.

“While President Sandu enjoys the confidence of a majority of citizens, the government faces many challenges,” said Stephen Nix, Director of IRI’s Eurasia Division. “The nation’s top priorities are almost all related to jobs and economic issues that need to be addressed.”

Among Moldova’s political parties, PAS has the most backing.  When asked which parties they support, 36% named PAS and 14% named the Socialist Party. An additional 19% said they did not support any political party. The survey also finds that 48% of citizens want to see changes come at a faster pace.

“A strong reform agenda was supported by voters in the recent elections, and now the people of Moldova want to see those reforms finalized and implemented,” said Nix. “After some hard times for the economy, they are ready for the country move in the right direction.”

Methodology   

The survey was conducted by Dr. Rasa Alisauskiene from Baltic Surveys/The Gallup Organization on behalf of the International Republican Institute’s Center for Insights in Survey Research, with fieldwork carried out by Centre CIVIS. Data was collected throughout Moldova (with the exception of Transnistria) between September 16 and November 1, 2021, through face-to-face interviews in respondents’ homes. The sample consisted of 1,619 permanent residents of Moldova aged 18 and older and eligible to vote and is representative of the general population by age, gender, region, and settlement size, according to the Moldova Statistical Databank. The response rate was 31%. The margin of error does not exceed 2.5 percentage points for the full sample. The survey was made possible by the generous support of the American people through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

View the full report here.